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November 15 News: How Germany Set The Stage For A Renewable Energy Transition

By Stephen Lacey on November 15, 2012 at 8:04 am

"November 15 News: How Germany Set The Stage For A Renewable Energy Transition"

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How did renewable energies of all kinds come to account for more than 25 percent of the power fed into Germany’s grid—compared to just 6 percent in the United States? A new series takes a detailed look at how Germany set the stage for an massive energy transition. [Inside Climate News]

With the expiration of the wind energy Production Tax Credit looming and the clock ticking rapidly away to the end of 2012, a bipartisan group of U.S. governors is urging Congress to act now to save jobs. [Renewable Energy World]

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his administration has not done enough to combat global warming but said he hopes to begin his second term by opening a national “conversation” on climate change. [Associated Press]

BP said Thursday that it’s in “advanced discussions” with the Obama administration to settle criminal claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico blowout that claimed 11 lives and spilled several million barrels of oil. [The Hill]

After reviewing wave height data from Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service office in Philadelphia has determined that the wave heights recorded at two buoys — including one monster 32.5-foot significant wave height at a buoy near the entrance to New York Harbor — set records for the largest waves seen in this region since such records began in 1975. [Climate Central]

Colorado officials considering changes to rules on how far oil and natural gas wells should be from houses, schools and other buildings will have to balance concerns of not just environmentalists and residents but also industry groups, farmers and ranchers and real estate agents. [Associated Press]

If you thought ‘superstorm’ Sandy was bad, here’s a sobering thought: New York isn’t even a high-risk city when it comes to climate change. For that, head to Asia. [Financial Times]

The coalition’s green policy is in disarray after an undercover film revealed George Osborne’s father-in-law claiming that the chancellor is behind a Tory campaign to oppose commitments against climate change. [Guardian]

The European Union’s executive body Wednesday laid out new measures to restore the long-term credibility of its effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases through a carbon market, while acknowledging that its earlier proposals would do little to restore incentives to invest in clean technology beyond the short term. [Wall Street Journal]

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7 Responses to November 15 News: How Germany Set The Stage For A Renewable Energy Transition

  1. Paul Magnus says:

    Music break.. Such sweet sounds…

    The Sky is Crying – SRV
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLee-M2vdgw&feature=share

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    “President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his “… admiration…. ” has not done enough to combat global warming.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    FILM: Arctic Methane: Why The Sea Ice Matters

    Featuring: James Hansen, Natalia Shakhova, Peter Wadhams & David Wasdell http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151086189821330

  4. David B. Benson says:

    Germany’s electric energy transformation comes at a hefty price to ordinary customers. [Heavy industry obtains a serious discount, as is widely true around the world.] In particular, German electric rates either either the highest in Europe or else just a bit lower than in Denmark. At the opposite extreme, France currently enjoys the lowest (or maybe second lowest) in Europe. The difference is France’s 75–80% reliance on NPPs.

    • prokaryotes says:

      For instance i switched from the big energy company Vattenfall to naturstrom.de and pay about 7 € more then before. Naturstrom is funding clean energy generation projects (biogas, solar, wind etc). So this is my contribution to the clean energy transition.

      At the same time Germany phase out of NPPs has begun. A step France is in the making for different reasons.

  5. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Germany is a major installer of Renewable Energy Systems. The Gereman Government’s support to Renewables is total.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com